One thing about Congres which annoys many people who follow politics is how our elected officials (and not just Democrats) add amendments to bills unrelated to the original legislation. They try and tack their pet projects — or controversial items which could not pass as stand-alone legislation — onto bills which would normally sail through Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing just that by adding “the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week.”
Senate Republican Leaders Mitch McConnell dubbed the maneuver, “needlessly controversial.”
This isn’t the only provision tacked onto the defense bill. Democrats have already included legislation repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT). But, at least this repeal is related to a defense bill.
Reid’s ploy to win a few votes in his home state will only make it that much more difficult to push through DADT repeal.